For Immediate Release
Date: February 26, 2020
Contact: Meagan Twardy
Adoptions From The Heart to Host 8th Annual Find Their Footing Run/Walk 5k
Bala Cynwyd, PA (April 2020)- Adoptions From The Heart (AFTH) is hosting its 8th Annual Find Their Footing 5k, formerly known as Find Her Footing 5k, on April 19, 2020, at West Laurel Hill with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The 5k will kick off with the Kid’s Dash beginning at 9:30 a.m. The race is free for children between the ages of 3-10. The 5k will begin at 10:00 a.m. with provided services from Bryn Mawr Racing Company, such as race timing, race day logistics, course management, and more. The top finisher in each age bracket will receive a prize, along with the overall male and female winners. The event will feature music provided by DJ Kev Nichols, who will ensure an upbeat environment, playing everyone’s favorite music. After the race, invites participants to the venue’s Conservatory for an awards ceremony and celebratory after-party.
The 8th Annual Find Their Footing 5k’s main sponsor is the Law Offices of Deborah E. Spivack. A firm that provides legal representation to individuals within PA, DE, and NJ seeking to build their family through adoption. “It is important for me to support this event because its proceeds directly benefit expecting parents and birth parents. Expectant parents benefit from greater nutrition and resources provided by AFTH and lower their stress, promoting the health of their child, whether or not the parent chooses to place for adoption. I am proud to contribute to AFTH’s outstanding services to this population [ expecting and birth parents] and families,” says Deborah Spivack.
All proceeds from the 5k will go to the AFTH Expecting and Birth Parent Support Fund. An increase in monetary donations the fund receives will allow an increase in how many individuals AFTH can help.
“This fund is designed to help birth parents who are struggling and could use some support,” said Amanda Aliberti, AFTH adoptions counselor. “I have personally seen this fund provide direct/immediate assistance to a birthmother who had placed her daughter through AFTH a couple of years prior. She had called me one day, practically in tears as she was facing possible eviction from her apartment. Within a matter of 48 hours, the AFTH Expecting and Birth Parent Support Fund was able to immediately provide the funds to help pay her rent and put her back on the right path in her life. She was so grateful, not just for the money but for the emotional support that our agency provided her, even years after placement.”
Aside from purchasing a Find Their Footing 5k ticket, runners/walkers can buy raffle tickets for chances at winning exciting prizes. There will be a variety of raffle prizes to win. The prizes include two Philadelphia Union tickets, Bury The Hatchet tickets, a one-year membership certificate to Katrin Elia’s Yoga Studio, and many more. Those who are unable to attend the 5k can still contribute to the Expecting and Birth Parent Support Fund by joining and donating to the “No Sweat Club.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased on the 8th Annual Find Their Footing 5k website. Runners can purchase tickets for $25. Runners who purchase tickets in a group of four will receive a $5 discount per ticket. Walkers can purchase their tickets for $20. The purchase of each ticket will include a participant’s registration for the 5k, a t-shirt, and light refreshments.
About Adoptions From The Heart:
Adoptions From The Heart (AFTH) was founded in 1985 by Maxine Chalker, MSW/LSW. Maxine, a fellow adoptee, wanted to break barriers and take some of the mystery out of the adoption process. AFTH is a 501 C-3 nonprofit with a mission to provide a safe, loving home for children. In honor of the mission, AFTH offers comprehensive, high-quality services to adoptive families, birth parents, and children. The agency is licensed in PA, NJ, DE, CT, VA, and NY.